09/30/14 9:43am

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.


09/30/14 9:19am

As I have told you, Dominion Power is looking to add a new 230kV electric transmission line between its Glebe Substation, located at the intersection of S. Glebe Road and S. Eads Street in Arlington, and Pepco’s Potomac River Substation at the intersection of Slaters Lane and E. Abingdon Drive in the City of Alexandria. The website for Dominion’s project is at this link.

This is needed, according to Dominion, to support reliability needs to local residents and businesses. As Dominion Power has stated, the forecast shows Dominion will be unable to meet reliability needs in our area in 2018 if nothing is changed.

Question is, where would the high-voltage power line go (See map below)? My guess would be Dominion is going to offer going right down Main Line Boulevard in Potomac Yard or Route 1. How does this affect Metroway and Potomac Yard? These are my guesses, what is yours?

Alexandria has put together an ad-hoc working group to help with Alexandria’s response to the Dominion petition which is expected to go before the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) in November.

Dominion is offering the chance for the public to engage with them regarding this proposal on this Wednesday, October 1. They are hosting an informational open house from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Mount Vernon Community School, located at 2601 Commonwealth Ave in Alexandria so the public can learn more about the proposed plan. There will be NO formal presentation at the open house but, experts will be on hand to answer your questions.


Map of the possible routes for the new high-voltage power line is after the jump…


09/29/14 4:27pm

Chicken Out location in Alexandria, Virginia to become newest District Taco location

This is an update to this post, this post, and this post.

Delicious tacos from District Taco are about two months out. Can I get an Orale!

09/29/14 2:12pm

Hooray for Books

Locally owned bookstore Hooray for Books! announced recently that they will be launching a campaign on popular crowd-funding platform IndieGoGo to raise funds for their upcoming expansion. Funds will be used to buy bookcases, remodel the author event space, and provide a more varied offering of books, including more books for adults. Hooray for Books! celebrated its 6th birthday this year and is the only bookstore in northern Virginia specializing in children’s books.

The campaign begins October 6 and will run for 30 days. The expansion is scheduled for January.

09/29/14 1:39pm

Any idea what conflict there would be regarding housing Charles Severance at the Alexandria Jail?

Here’s the answer.

09/29/14 1:16pm

Drug Take Back Poster
The Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office collected 141 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., the two Alexandria law enforcement agencies, with cooperation from the Substance Abuse Coalition of Alexandria, collected potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and other medications for destruction at three sites in the City

Over 5,000 collections sites nationwide participated in the take back day program this past Saturday and over 3,150 pounds were collected in the Northern Virginia area alone. In Alexandria, residents dropped off unused prescription medications at three drop sites in the City. The sites included Police Headquarters, the Del Ray Pharmacy and the parking lot of the First Baptist Church. The service was free and anonymous.

Last spring, the two Alexandria law enforcement agencies collected over 188 pounds of prescription drugs for destruction in the third ever take back initiative.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Other participants in this initiative include the Partnership for a Drug-Free America; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Association of Attorneys General; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; the Federation of State Medical Boards; and the National District Attorneys Association.

09/29/14 12:54pm


As we told you first almost three months ago, Sugar Shack Donuts is bringing its mega-deliciousness northward to Alexandria in the Braddock Road Metro/Parker Gray area of Alexandria. Well, they have a Facebook page. I’ve liked it and you should too.

I’m sure once the City of Alexandria approves the location, things will start rolling (construction, etc). The best place to keep up-to-date is on the Facebook page.